A really engaging and interactive story app; with delightful graphics and music that draw you into the world of Weirdwood.
The incredible tales of Weirdwood Manor is a charming story for the young reader. Weirdwood Manor is an application that cleverly combines narrative, splendid graphics, background research using the online journal and a keen observational eye to solve the puzzles. Interactive books are a growing trend for capturing the reluctant reader; this book will certainly add value to this market.
Downloading the app is easy and the reader is immediately placed in character with Oliver in the back of a sumptuous vintage car journeying through an ancient wood on route to Weirdwood Manor. Oliver, who is an orphan, won this trip by submitting his drawings in a prestigious contest. The default settings play a suitably propitious orchestral piece of background music, the narrator begins by reading the first page of the story and the sound is enabled for events, such as bumps in the road. All these sound settings can be switched off and auto-play can be enabled to have the story automatically read and pages turned.
At the top right of the screen is a discrete display of Oliver’s journal, which, when opened reveals four bookmarks titled ‘Creatures’, ‘Curiosities’, ‘People’ and ‘Mysteries’. The journal pages are filled with information as Oliver continues his journey through the story. As the pages are turned and the story unfolds the animated pictures reveal all sorts of things for the reader to touch and discover, however not all the creatures, curiosities, people and mysteries are easy to find. The display on the top of the screen on the left numerically details your discovery of these aspects of the story, but the reader can be helped by the tiny, moth winged human, the ‘Findling’ who is always available. The line drawings of the entries in the journal are excellent, reminiscent of the sepia sketched characters in the Gormenghast Trilogy of Mervyn Peake. The journal is designed to put Oliver’s journey into context and draw you ever deeper into his thoughts and emotions, this was certainly achieved for me with a natural curiosity to find all the aspects of the journal entries by going back over the story and enlisting the support of the ‘Findling’!
Each page on the journey to Weirdwood Manor has a surprise that captures the reader and develops an immersive feel for the story with an exciting array of curious creatures, weird people and wonderful mysteries. The answers to mysteries are cleverly wrapped up in challenges of games, puzzles and riddles, which, again adds to the intensity of the story and the desire to reach a conclusion. Readers have to rearrange shapes, help draw a dragon and put back the gargoyle in the right position to solve puzzles and unlock further information for the journal.
A book with an extraordinary intensity, wrapped up with some exquisite graphics making it truly immersive and impressive. The admirable attention to detail with the production is ably matched with the intriguing story line, which will capture the imagination of young readers. For the teacher and parent alike this offers an excellent opportunity for extending a child’s reading and will help a reluctant reader discover the joys of reading to deepen their understanding of the narrative by interaction. Weirdwood Manor, certainly a digital book to place on the shelf.
From the Developer
UPDATE: BOOK 2 NOW FREE! LOWER PRICES!
We’re thrilled with the positive response so far to our story, characters, and artwork. We’ve heard from some of you that you were disappointed that Book 1 ended too soon! You spoke, we listened.
We want everyone’s first visit to Weirdwood Manor to be a memorable one…Book 2 will now be INCLUDED when you buy the app. Book 2 is TWICE as long, has TWICE as many puzzles, and TWICE the secrets to find. We hope that this will help keep our loyal fans intrigued until Books 3, 4, and 5 are released… and incidentally, we’ve dropped the price on those books and the pre-order bundle as well!
What we love about good fantasy is that it really appeals to all ages. We loved it when we were kids and we still love it now. And while Weirdwood Manor fans include kids of ALL ages, please keep in mind that it is primarily a storybook for *children*, not a puzzle game for teenagers or adults.
* For fans who have already bought Book 2 separately, you’ll find that Book 3 (when ready) will be a FREE download.
TO CELEBRATE WEIRDWOOD’S LAUNCH, THE APP WILL BE DISCOUNTED FROM $4.99 TO JUST $2.99 UNTIL NOVEMBER 1ST!
A rumour of magic, a glimpse of the impossible, a door to a world where the imagined is real… “The Incredible Tales of Weirdwood Manor” is a unique interactive book series for creative minds and busy hands, 8 - 12 years old.
A fantasy tale in the tradition of “Harry Potter” and “The Golden Compass”, “The Incredible Tales of Weirdwood Manor” is also a beautifully illustrated picture book, a stunningly animated movie, and a challenging series of games and puzzles. Over 30 minutes of story and activities in Book 1; 60-90 minutes in each of Books 2, 3, 4, and 5.
This is much more than a regular eBook — it’s a ‘Living Novel’!
+ Stunning 3d characters and artwork
+ Hidden objects to find in every book
+ Beautiful sketches and artifacts to collect
+ Challenging games, puzzles, and riddles to solve
+ Glowing words to help young readers
+ Hours of reading and play time
+ Giggles, surprises, pride, and wonder!
+ Original musical score by award-winning film composers Lodewijk Vos & Joseph Murray
+ Optimized for iPads with Retina displays
+ iPad 3 uses non-Retina graphics
Our story follows the adventures of three children who, while all misfits, each have special talents. Talents they can’t quite control yet…
* Oliver is an orphan who loves to draw
* Celia is a confident and gifted writer
* Eugene is a sci-fi nerd who loves making gadgets
The children win a trip to Weirdwood Manor to meet their reclusive hero — the eccentric writer and inventor, Arthur Weirdwood. Naturally, there’s also a robot butler, a ghost boy who haunts the Manor, and a librarian with more than a couple secrets of her own to hide.
Full of mystery and adventure, our story aims to inspire children to celebrate their uniqueness, recognize their talents, and embrace their imagination.
“The Incredible Tales of Weirdwood Manor” was born out of 5 complementary objectives:
* Tell great a story
* Foster a love of reading
* Promote playful interaction
* Challenge the mind
* Inspire creativity
But most of all, we wanted to bring ‘play’ to storytelling.
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Recommended Ages: 6-12
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